With the property market struggling to pick itself up again following the global recession, selling your own slice of real estate in these difficult economic times will always be a challenge. But how can you make your property stand out in a crowded market where buyers are thin on the ground? Here are 7 useful tips for making your property more sellable and getting yourself the price you deserve for your home.
1. Make a Good First Impression
Increasing your curb appeal is the first step to making your home attractive to the buyer and bagging a sale at the best possible price. The majority of house buyers make up their mind about a property in the first few minutes of approaching the door so make sure your home makes that all-important good impression. Pay attention to your property’s exterior, if it looks tired and worn then give it a lick of paint to breathe a new lease of life into your frontage. Also, ensure that the front yard is flawless with beautifully manicured lawns and well-kept foliage; you can even add some color with a floral hanging basket.
2. Make Your Buyers Feel Welcome
Buyers want to feel that they could live in your property so make it feel like home with a few simple touches. Remember buying a home is mostly an emotional decision so it’s important to give buyers that warm and fuzzy feeling! Start outdoors by adding a welcome mat and repaint your front door to present a well-loved home.
3. Cut the Clutter
This is another aspect of creating a big welcome to prospective buyers; make sure your property is clutter-free for all your viewings. Not only will it make your home look and feel bigger, it will also help buyers envisage how they would use the space.
4. Decorate to Sell
Brightly painted walls are just the ticket when it comes to how ‘not’ to make a home sellable. Give your interiors a fresh coat of paint in a neutral colour to give it that blank canvas look buyers need. Neutral colours also make properties appear lighter and brighter so take advantage of this inexpensive and easy option. Also, give tired interiors a quick re-paint, buyers love that freshly decorated feeling.
5. Clean Up Your Act
It’s amazing how many sellers don’t have a quick tidy up before a viewing, so don’t fall victim to this common mistake that in many cases leads to properties not selling. Make sure your home is spotless for every buyer, trust me a bit of elbow grease works wonders and makes your home more appealing to buyers. Don’t forget to tidy your garden too – cut bushes back, clear your patio and give your outdoor furniture a good wipe.
6. Make Those Minor Repairs
If you’ve been living in a property for a while it is all too easy to forget about those little jobs that have been on your ‘must fix’ list for a while. Broken door knobs, cracked tiles, holes in walls and damaged carpets may slip under your radar but they’ll be some of the first things buyers notice when they look around your home. Make those minor and major repairs so that your home is a sound investment for potential buyers.
7. Maximise Your Space Further
The golden rule of selling is to make your space look and feel bigger and better than your competitors. We’ve already mentioned that lighting your home, both naturally and artificially, can maximise your assets but also getting rid of bulky furniture can also be a great way of making the most of what you have. Large items of furniture make a space feel smaller so put these items into storage and dress your home with more compact pieces.
This post was written by Brittany Thorley from salvage and reclamation company, Cheshire Demolition. In her spare time, Brittany uses her expertise to blog about home improvement and DIY.